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Emergency animal disease training

Animal Health Australia (AHA) helps provide education and training to its members to assist them with their responsibilities under the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA). AHA helps to ensure that trained personnel are available to assist in the event of an emergency animal disease (EAD) response.

Emergency Animal Disease Training Program

In the event of an EAD incursion, government officers, livestock producers, private veterinary practitioners and emergency workers are called upon to help eradicate or control the disease.

EAD training aims to:

  • facilitate national consistency in delivery of EAD preparedness and response training
  • support development and availability of appropriate resources for the delivery of EAD training for all members
  • support EAD trainers to deliver EAD training to their constituents
  • ensure personnel receiving training are aware of recognised training and qualification pathways
  • facilitate contact with trained personnel in a biosecurity emergency response.

How to access EAD training

The Australian, state and territory governments train their own personnel under the Emergency Animal Disease Training Program.

Contact your state or territory training coordinator to find out about training in your jurisdictions.

AHA coordinates training of livestock industry personnel for their response roles, on request from livestock industry Members.

EAD training is delivered across Australia in a number of formats. Training frequently comprises a combination of online study, work-based tasks and recognition of existing workplace skills complemented by face-to-face workshops.

EAD Foundation online course

If you wish to gain an understanding of Australia’s EAD preparedness and response plans, you can enrol in the EAD Foundation online course.

The online course provides livestock producers, veterinarians, veterinary students, government personnel and emergency workers with foundation knowledge for further training in the Emergency Animal Disease Training Program.

Part 1 of the course covers:

  • EAD awareness
  • Australia’s EAD response arrangements, including the EADRA
  • Phases of an EAD response

Part 2 of the course covers:

  • Incident management system principles
  • Control and coordination centres
  • Working in an EAD response
  • Communication and information management in an EAD response

For access instructions, please click here:

  1. Learners already registered in the system can use their existing login details and find the new course by clicking on ‘Browse learning.’
  2. New learners will need to register themselves in the system.

EAD Trainers Extranet

This password-protected area contains materials for Emergency Animal Disease Training Program, supplementary resources, draft training materials, information on skills recognition and an online discussion area to post comments about the materials or any aspect of EAD training.

National recognised training for emergency disease management

There are three specialist biosecurity emergency response qualifications available for people with responsibilities in this area and who are seeking national recognition. The qualifications are part of the PUA12 Public Safety Training Package:

Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations)

Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Leadership)

Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management)

More information is available from your EAD training coordinator or from Animal Health Australia.


Email for further information about EAD training.

Contact your relevant training coordinator for EAD training in your jurisdiction.

Click here to login to the EAD Trainers Extranet.


Jude Nettleingham
Animal Health Australia
Phone: (02) 6203 3930

Australian Capital Territory

Rick Davies
Phone: (02) 6205 0918

New South Wales

Mick Armstrong
Phone: (02) 6391 3207

Northern Territory

Jessica Arnold
Phone: (08) 8999 2298


Kevin Duff
Phone: (07) 5466 2260

South Australia

Mark Bartetzko
Phone:  (08) 8735 1305


Jessica Tyson
Phone: (03) 6777 2199


Sally Marcroft
Phone: (03) 5362 0740

Western Australia

Sue Skirrow
Phone: (08) 9892 8490

EAD Training business plan

Aligned with AHA’s Strategic Plan 2010–2015, a key initiative in the EAD preparedness program is to support the training of government and industry personnel to fill consultative committee positions and response roles in the event of an EAD response. AHA, in consultation with its members, developed the EAD Training Business Plan, which was formally endorsed by the Members Forum in 2013. In 2014, Section 6—Financial management was revised to reflect agreed core funding arrangements. The business plan aims to:

  • provide AHA members with more detail about EAD training projects than is provided in the AHA annual operating plan, to which the program is linked
  • assist AHA members to make a decision on EAD training projects before being asked to endorse the operating plan
  • provide direction to AHA members on various training project activities.

Download the EAD Training Business Plan (2015/16-2017/18)  (pdf – 626 kB) .

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Page reviewed: October 25, 2016